The NY Jets have a whole new group of wide receivers for the 2020 season.
As we await the start of the NFL season we continue to breakdown the NY Jets roster for the 2020 season.
After losing their leading receiver from 2017 and 2018, Robby Anderson, in free agency, the Jets find themselves a whole new group of wide receivers to help out quarterback Sam Darnold.
How does Robby Anderson’s departure impact the NY Jets?
Anderson originally made the Jets 53-man roster in 2016 after going undrafted out of Temple. In his first season with Gang Green, he would finish third on the Jets in receiving yards behind Quincy Enunwa and Brandon Marshall before being the team’s leading receiver in back-to-back years.
Before signing with Carolina Panthers during this offseason, most Jets fans wanted Anderson to re-sign with the Jets as he had become a consistent receiver and one of Darnold’s favorite targets.
From Week 12-16 of last season, Darnold threw to Anderson 24 times for 402 yards and three touchdowns continuing the chemistry that the two had developed over time.
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Anderson was the Jets’ deep threat in their offense who could use his elite speed to blow by defenders. So the team replaced Anderson with former first-round pick Breshad Perriman whose career has been riddled with injuries since coming into the league in 2015.
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In the final three weeks of last season, Perriman racked up 17 receptions for 349 yards and four touchdowns. If he could stay healthy and carry over the momentum from his late-season stretch in 2019, the UCF product could potentially become the Jets’ No. 1 receiver this season
Other than Perriman, the Jets also signed another former first-rounder in Josh Doctson. Doctson will have to prove himself in training camp as he’ll be behind a number of receivers on the depth chart.
The team only signed him to a one-year $825,000 deal in the offseason and he has never really shown his true potential despite given an opportunity in a starting role with the Washington Redskins.
The player that many Jets fans can’t wait to see is rookie Denzel Mims who the team drafted with the 59th overall pick. The Baylor product has all the makings to become a number one receiver in the NFL.
The Jets haven’t had a big, physical wide receiver who can get a lot of yards after the catch since Brandon Marshall. At 6-foot-3, 207 pounds, and with a 38.5-inch vertical, Mims excels as a jump-ball receiver who can shield away defenders with his large frame.
Mims was widely considered to be a top-five receiver coming in this year’s draft, but fell all the way to the 59th overall pick. If Mims can become even close to the player Marshall was, the Jets could have a potential steal on their hands.
Last but not least, returning for another season is everyone’s favorite reliable slot receiver, Jamison Crowder, who led the team in receiving yards last season. In 2019, Crowder’s led the team in receptions (78), receiving yards (833), and receiving touchdowns (6).
The Jets will host a brand new receiving corps in 2020, but the hope is that it could be an improvement over last year’s position group.